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It seems obvious the moral thing to do would be to reunite the migrant children with their parents at this country's southern border. Stop the cruelty as the first step and go from there. Using children as young as 18 months old as political leverage isn't the American way.
It was only the June primary, and turnout was abysmal, but North Dakota House Majority Leader Al Carlson might be a little less sure of reelection after Tuesday. This will make Democrats happy. There are more than a few Republicans, Carlson's party, snickering, too. Disliking Al is often a bipartisan exercise.
Cash Aaland lives in Christine, N.D., and has a Fargo law office. He is one of the loudest and most virulent voices against the Fargo-Moorhead Red River diversion, speaking and writing against it at every opportunity — whether it’s on behalf of himself or the Richland Wilkin Joint Powers Authority group that’s been at war with diversion supporters for years. Or on behalf of a Facebook alter ego named “Eddy Welstad” he possibly created. Wait, what? Yeah, more on that later.
This is one of those nice little stories that has you chuckling and saying, "Only in a small town." Then you catch yourself and realize that's the most of cliched of all cliches. But then you think about it for a few moments more and end up chuckling and shaking your head again and saying, "No, really, only in a small town."
Lisa Drafall answered a cell phone call from an unknown 701 area code number after the second ring, for which she deserves a measure of credit. But the general manager of the Redwood Falls (Minn.) Gazette sounded weary in a brief conversation, perhaps owing to the attention her twice-weekly newspaper was receiving from every corner of the world. "On what topic?" she asked when the caller from Fargo wanted to ask a few questions. The Obit, of course, the caller said. "No, I'm not going to make any comments. I'm not going to say anything about that," she said.
The undying love the religious right wing of the North Dakota Republican Party is showing for Will Gardner is getting kind of weird. Last week, a conservative Fargo radio show host implied the college girls Gardner window-peeped were asking for it by leaving their curtains agape. This week, for reasons known only to him, a U.S. Senate candidate waded into the controversy by saying, among other odd things, that Gardner is "a very good man."
Tony Gehrig was elected to the Fargo City Commission in April 2015. It took him until May 2018, one day before absentee voting began and a little more than a month before election day, to introduce a plan to eliminate special assessments in the city.
There will be two things remaining on this Earth when it is obliterated by nuclear war or the Kardashians: cockroaches and Hamid Shirvani. Don't read anything into the juxtaposition of those two words. It's strictly coincidental, maybe. But you need to know that North Dakota's worst-ever higher education leader is popping up in the news again, even though he leaves behind a trail of destruction and golden parachutes everywhere he goes.
If Al Jaeger had a wisp of vengefulness—or pride—in his 74-year-old bones, he'd tell North Dakota's Republican Party to take a long hike down a short trail. The party deemed Jaeger too old and too archaic to be secretary of state any longer and it traded him in for a younger, more tech-savvy, more God-fearing model. Then the new guy got caught with his hand in the ... well, somewhere ... and now the GOP needs Ol' Al again.
Properly and legally handling deadly chemicals is apparently not one of the criteria the state of North Dakota held in high regard when granting licenses to grow medical marijuana. David Meyer, a rancher from Flasher, N.D., was one of two businessmen granted a license to manufacture medical marijuana, according to a press release from the North Dakota Department of Health this week. Meyer, doing business as Pure Dakota LLC, was given the Bismarck growing facility while an LLC from Chicago will operate the facility in Fargo.